ALICE in the News

CT News Junkie United Way Says 35 Percent of Connecticut’s Households Are Struggling

by Christine Stuart, 11/17/2014  A new report from the United Way found that about 35 percent of Connecticut households struggle to afford the basic necessities. About 141,628 households live in poverty and another 332,817 are what the United Way is calling “Asset Limited Income Constrained, Employed” or ALICE households. ALICE households survive on a budget that’s above the federal poverty level, but still not enough to thrive. The annual household survival budget for the average family of four in Connecticut is $64,689 and $21,944 for a single adult. The report found that a family budget that enables not just survival, but self-sufficiency is almost double the household survival budget or $111,632 for a family of four and $30,118 for a single adult. Continue reading: CTNewsJunkie.com

CT Post Life on the edge: one crisis away

11/16/2014  Connecticut is pulling out of the devastating recession that began in 2008, with thousands of jobs added every month and the unemployment rate dropping to a six-year low of 6.4 percent. But a comprehensive study released Sunday by the United Way agencies in the state indicates the recession’s effects persist. A startling 35 percent of the population in one of the wealthiest states in the country is just a crisis away from financial disaster. Poverty, comprising 10 percent of that number, has been well documented previously and many programs are in place to help, though perhaps not enough. Continue reading: CTPost.com

Hartford Courant Too Many Working Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

11/16/2014  It’s not a secret that there are significant pockets of poverty in Connecticut: 10 percent of the state’s households live below the federal poverty line. There is also, according to a study released Sunday by the 16 United Ways in Connecticut, a large cohort of working people — another 25 percent of households — whose income puts them above the poverty line, but not far enough above it to make ends meet. The study calls this population ALICE, for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” Put simply, more than a third of the state’s households are struggling. A major theme of the ALICE study is that the federal poverty line doesn’t remotely reflect the actual cost of living in the state. The study uses a… Read More »Hartford Courant Too Many Working Families Can’t Make Ends Meet

Norwich Bulletin Study Shows 25 percent of Connecticut households qualify as ALICE

by Elizabeth Regan, 11/16/2014  Although Connecticut has a reputation as one of the wealthiest states in America, a report released today found that 25 percent of households statewide fall into the category of the working poor. In New London County, it’s 26 percent in which households struggle to make ends meet despite holding down jobs that keep them above the poverty level, the report says. Continue reading: NorwichBulletin.com

New Haven Register Just getting by in Connecticut

by Ed Stannard, 11/16/2014  Trish Kallman of Milford helps out at the United Way of Milford’s kids’ closet whenever she can. “When you’re there, you’re amazed,” said Kallman, who “never realized how many people are in need until I walked into there.” Kallman, 40, knows the need well, because her family has benefited from the kids’ closet too. Her family of five just about gets by. In order to buy food, she may hold off on paying the water bill. “We have to come up with almost $5,000 by the 20th of this month or the bank is going to foreclose on our home,” she said. Continue reading: NHRegister.com

CT Post Working but poor

by John Burgeson, 11/16/2014  To many, $40,000 might seem a tidy income for a family of five. But when you try to live on that amount and the car needs a brake job and there are five people to feed and clothe, that $40,000 can get spoken for pretty quickly. Just ask Trish Kallmann, who lives with her husband and three children on Milford’s West Side in the same four-bedroom ranch where she grew up. Continue reading: PDF

The Day Report: More in state struggling financially

by Ann Baldelli, 11/16/2014  Connecticut is an expensive state to live in. In fact, the cost of basic household expenses here is more than most jobs can support, according to a report released today by the Connecticut United Ways that provides a detailed snapshot of financial hardship above and beyond the outdated and woefully inadequate federal poverty guidelines. Thirty-five percent of Connecticut’s working households grapple to afford the basics of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation, according to the ALICE report – an abbreviation for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – which was developed by the state’s 16 United Way chapters in collaboration with Rutgers University. It is intended to be used as a tool for policymakers and stakeholders to better understand and… Read More »The Day Report: More in state struggling financially

Hartford Courant United Way Report: Financial Challenges Extend Above Poverty Line

by Mara Lee and Stephen Busemeyer, 11/16/2014  About a quarter of Connecticut households are above the federal poverty level but have earnings or retirement income that is barely enough to meet basic necessities, the Connecticut United Ways say in a new report. The income threshold varies by family size. A single mother with three children would need to have a combined $64,689 in wages and child support to get past what the agency characterizes as a “survival budget.” For a single person, the figure is $21,944. Continue reading: Courant.com

Hartford Courant Report: 25 Percent Of Connecticut Households Above Federal Poverty Level But Struggle To Meet Basic Needs

by Mara Lee, 11/16/2014  About a quarter of Connecticut households are above the federal poverty level but have earnings or retirement income that is barely enough to meet basic necessities, the Connecticut United Ways say in a new report. The income threshold varies by family size. A single mother with three children would need to have a combined $64,689 in wages and child support to get past what the agency characterizes as a “survival budget.” For a single person, the figure is $21,944. Continue reading: Courant.com | PDF